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We’re celebrating Earth Day on April 21st and you’re invited!

At Kid to Kid, we have a passion for sustainability. We are dedicated to reducing the impact of the clothing and toy industries on the planet by being green 365 days per year. When you support resale, you’re not just being good on your wallet – you’re giving back to the environment and contributing to an economy that is sustainable and green.

To celebrate Earth Day, we want to thank you for your continued support of our sustainability efforts. Visit any of our Kid to Kid locations on April 21st for 25% off our huge selection of gently-used kids’ stuff.

Approximately 40 million toys are thrown away every year in the US. Many of those toys are are still in usable condition. By buying second hand, we can reduce our carbon footprint by 20-30 percent. Here are some other great reasons shop at Kid to Kid:

  • It’s less expensive. Buying kids’ stuff is expensive. At Kid to Kid we pay cash, or 20% more in store credit, for your gently used kids’ stuff and by shopping at Kid to Kid you can expect to pay 70% less than the items original price. That’s a win-win for your wallet.
  • It’s sustainable. In 2014, the US collectively produced 33 million tons of plastic waste. Purchasing second hand helps keep plastic toys and toy packaging out of the landfills.
  • Supports your local economy. Each Kid to Kid store is locally owned by members of your community. When you shop at Kid to Kid, you are keeping your dollars in your local economy.
  • Helps raise money for charities. Kid to Kid, and our sister store Uptown Cheapskate, together have raised $273,582 to build schools worldwide with buildOn. With your help, we’ve built nine schools in third world countries.
  • Reduce the demand for new products. When you recycle your gently used kids’ stuff at Kid to Kid, you help reduce the demand for new products by helping us avoid relying on overseas factories that often provide unethical labor conditions to their workers.

Click here to find an Kid to Kid near you. Our sister store, Uptown Cheapskate, is celebrating Earth Day too!

Why Less is More : How reducing your child’s toy collection is a positive thing

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Toys, toys, toys! Now more than ever kids have a plethora of toys to choose from. But “toys are not merely playthings.” They are tools for molding children in their development. Toys “form the building blocks for our child’s future, teach our children about the world and about themselves.” Beyond that, they are a means of sending messages and communicating values. Therefore, it is important that parents think about how effective their children’s toys are and what foundation their toys are laying.  (Why Fewer Toys will Benefit Your Kids)

Many child psychologists support the idea that ‘less is more.’ Studies show that fewer toys will benefit children in the following ways: kids learn to be more creative, develop longer attention spans, establish better social skills, learn to take greater care of things, develop a greater love for reading, writing, and art, become more resourceful, argue less with each other, learn perseverance, become less selfish, experience more of nature, learn to find satisfaction outside of the toy store, and live in a cleaner, tidier home.

Objects of play must be simple and safe and allow a child’s’ imagination to flourish. The best toys to assist in healthy development are the ones that allow kids to “fill in the blanks.” Blocks, plain dolls, art sets, musical instruments, balls, household objects, things from nature, etc., allow the child to determine what that object is and how they want to interact with it. The child is empowered to define what the ‘toy’ is and how to play with it.
One main consideration to contemplate when bringing toys home is a toy’s “play value”. Liat James, author of ‘Raising Children’ states that play value is the most important aspect when it comes to toys. In an article from bbc.com, James breaks down the three factors that make a brilliant toy and how to decide what to keep, what to buy, and what to pass on:

  1. Social Value: play that teaches sharing, patience, and healthy social skills
  2. Versatility: toys that can “be” anything
  3. Durability: Long-lasting and safe

To help other parents in their journey of cutting back, share your experiences and ideas by commenting, liking, and sharing!

Topics to get you started:

What’s the most imaginative toy your child has made out of an everyday object? 

What toys do your children love and play with over and over again? 

What art supplies or musical instruments are the best to have in the home?

 

101 Alphabet  Activities 
This Reading Mama brings tons of reading and alphabet activities.

Outdoor Math Games 
The Golden Gleam brings you great math activities you can do outdoors.

Writing Full Sentences 
This Reading Mama has more info about teaching kids full episodes.

Online resources:

PBS Kids – Free educational games and more!

Education.com – Reading and math games for young children plus activities.

Science Kids – Science lessons and educational activities for kids.

ABCya – Games and more separated by grade level.

Nick Jr. – Games with your favorite TV characters!

Fisher-Price – From ABCs to shapes and more for kids!

Is it still storming in your area? This winter has been rough for many parts of the country and your family might be cold and bored! Below are some great tips and ideas for surviving winter with your family including fun activities to prevent boredom. 

Mommy Octopus has some great tips for preparing for a winter storm! Be sure you have plenty of non-perishable food, water, charged electronics, flashlights, and candles.
Then be prepared with board games and more for some good family fun when you’re snowed in. Read more.

Fireflies and Mud Pies has some amazing tips for winter play and safety while playing outside in the cold.
You’ll find tons of tips for layering clothes plus some great outdoor winter games! Read more.

Your Modern Family has an amazing tutorial for building a mini igloo.
It’s a great activity for the whole family when you have tons of snow! They even have a window in their igloo! Read more.

Too cold outside? Under the Sycamore has a great activity!
Bring the snow inside for some awesome winter playtime without the cold weather. Read more.

Fresh vegetables and fruit can get pricey in winter. Premeditated Leftovers brings you some
ideas and tips for saving money on produce during the cold winter months. Read more.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month from Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid loves moms and supports healthy and happy families. Our 90+ locations are very involved in supporting their community, and many of our locations are supporting breast cancer research groups with our token donations program.

We are eager to promote any resources to support moms and families everywhere. As many of you may be aware, October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual campaign raises breast cancer awareness including early detection, treatment, fundraising, and research. Early detection campaigns include teaching self-exam techniques and increasing the outreach of screening programs such as mammograms and follow-up treatment.

We know that raising a family is more than a full-time job, and it’s sometimes hard to put your health at the top of the list. Kid to Kid encourages you to manage your health and learn the early detection techniques offered through these organizations. Everyone in your family can get involved through donation, participating in fundraising, spreading awareness, and community support. Many of the volunteering opportunities offer a family-friendly environment and build support within your local community.

If you would like to get involved in a mammogram program, learn about early detection and treatment, volunteer, or donate, visit NBCAM.org. For more information on breast cancer, treatment, fundraising, and to create an early detection plan, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation at NationalBreastCancer.org.

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